Lorne is where the bush meets the beach set, between the sparkling waters of Loutit Bay and the rising majesty of the Otway National Park.
With more than 10 waterfalls within 10 kilometres of the township, there are plenty of amazing natural wonders to explore.
Welcome to Lorne
Set between the sparkling waters of Loutit Bay and the majesty of the Otway National Park, Lorne is a spectacular and refreshing place, where the bush meets the beach.
An ideal spot to stop and enjoy on the journey, offering a great range of places to eat and drink, quality accommodation, unique specialty retail and attractions and all the magnificence that is the Otway National Park stretching beyond.
During the whale watching season (from May to September), Lorne is prime spot to capture a glimpse of these amazing sea creatures showing off.
Walks, Waterfalls and Lookouts
With more than 10 waterfalls within 10 kilometres of Lorne, there are plenty of amazing natural wonders to explore, you can discover them here...
There are many beautiful walks and waterfalls to explore around Lorne in the Great Otway National Park. Waterfalls include Erskine Falls, Henderson Falls, Phantom Falls, Upper and Lower Kalimna Falls, Sheoak Falls with Swallow Cave and the Cora Lynn Cascades. Popular walks are from the Sheoak Picnic Ground, along the St George River, Erskine River, Sheoak River, Lemonade Creek and the Cumberland River. Foreshore & Historical walks include The Tramways Track, Shipwreck Plaque Walk, Stony Creek Walk and The Doug Stirling Walk.
- Erskine Falls
The Erskine Falls drop 30 metres into the fern-lined valley of the Erskine River and is a 9km drive from Mountjoy Parade (follow the signs). From the car park, walk down the steps to the first lookout (approximately 150 metres) then continue to the second platform lookout at the base of the falls (another 180 steps) and enjoy the ancient ferns, shrubs & native trees from the foot of the falls.
- Lorne Pier
A stroll along the foreshore cliff walk to Lorne Pier and the fisherman’s co-op is a must for lovely scenic views.
- Teddy’s Lookout
View the scenic lookout above the St George River and the Great Ocean Road for breathtaking views. This lookout is located at the end of George Street. There are three lookouts within a 30 minute connecting loop walk for the nature enthusiast.
Picnic & BBQ Areas
Toilets, wood BBQ's, picnic tables and information board
Sheoak Picnic Area – Allenvale Road
Toilets, free gas BBQ's under shelter, picnic tables and information.
Toilets, free gas BBQ's under shelter and picnic tables.
North Lorne – Great Ocean Road North
Toilets, free gas BBQ's under shelter and picnic table.
Scotchmans Hill (the point)
Toilets, free gas BBQ's and picnic tables.
Shelly Beach – Great Ocean Road South
Picnic table, toilet block and free gas BBQ's, (in the carpark between the Pier and Shelly beach)
Main beach Lorne is the only patrolled beach during the summer season. Other beaches in North Lorne and Shelly beach have rock shelves and therefore may not be suitable for inexperienced swimmers.
Art, History & Heritage
If the arts is your thing, you'll feel quite at home with Lorne, which boasts a spirited arts community. Lorne is home to the long celebrated Falls Music Festival and Lorne Festival of The Performing Arts. Pop into Qdos Arts to check out constantly changing exhibits and outdoor sculpture park, or visit in March for the Lorne Sculpture Biennale, when up to 40 works are exhibited along the foreshore.
Lorne's newest attraction is the Great Ocean Road Heritage Centre, located within the Lorne Visitor Information Centre. The displays and exhibits tell the full historical story of the Great Ocean Road - the story unknown by many - which will make your visit to the region even more rich.